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Stick (1985)

Released from prison, Stick meets up with a friend and joins him on a job delivering a bag. His friend gets killed in the setup. Stick gets away and is ready to forget all and see his daughter, but they won't forget.

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Burt Reynolds

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Elmore Leonard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Stick
Candice Bergen ... Kyle
George Segal ... Barry
Charles Durning ... Chucky
José Pérez José Pérez ... Rainy (as Jose Perez)
Richard Lawson ... Cornell
Castulo Guerra ... Nestor
Dar Robinson ... Moke
Alex Rocco ... Firestone
David Reynoso ... Luis
Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Katie
Sachi Parker ... Bobbi
Don Moyer Don Moyer ... Lionel (as Don L. Moyer)
Joey Pouliot Joey Pouliot ... Tourist at Bar
Phanie Napoli Phanie Napoli ... Louisa Rosa
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Storyline

Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, but trouble follows him throughout as he tries to collect a debt and make up for lost time with his daughter. Stick also finds a new flame with a financial wiz and gets set to enjoy a new life, but Chucky and Nestor, the two hoods who owe him the debt, have other plans for Stick. Written by Nick <nickcage@mindspring.com>

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It's his last chance. And he's going to fight for it. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jugando con fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,358,299, 28 April 1985

Gross USA:

$8,489,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,489,518
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elmore Leonard, screenwriter and writer of the novel upon which this film is based, apparently disowned it after Universal Pictures ordered extensive re-shoots. Leonard was very critical of star/director Burt Reynolds for what Leonard perceived as Reynolds' not fighting Universal hard enough to prevent the studio from doing it. See more »

Goofs

After stick flees from the botched money drop in the van, Nestor is handed Stick's bag with his daughters picture. The bag would have been in the burning van. The pursuing thugs never reached the van before they fled from the fire. See more »

Quotes

Barry Braham: Be it ever so humble, there's no place like a three-and-a-half million dollar home!
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 13 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of a cockfight during the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Think I'm Ready for You
Written by Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff), Milton Brown (as M. Brown), Burt Reynolds (as B. Reynolds) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Performed by Anne Murray
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Whadya lookin' at, Mookie?
13 September 2004 | by fredmantSee all my reviews

I agree with Chuck O'Leary from Pittsburg. I loved this movie. In fact, in the mid-80's it was one of the first VHS tape productions that made my sorry old Samsung (1973) look good! I ran the sound in "hi-fi stereo" through my stereo rig and this was my first home theater (don't laugh!). Anyway, the story is good and if you like Burt, well, you have to see the movie. Unfortunately, no DVD out yet, nor any great demand. But, hey, if Green Ice can be released on DVD, can Stick be far behind?

Things to look for on the (eventual) DVD . . . the many fine Florida sunsets. There's lots of "perfect lighting" in this movie, with both exterior and interior shots. The bad guys are sufficiently deserving of your verbal lashing. Finally the soundtrack is very mood inducing but not ornate. Think Miami Vice meets Live or Die in LA. I'd give the movie as a whole, 7 out of 10 stars, especially considering its age.

Oh one last thing, very important. Hit the mute button when Candice Bergman starts to sing. Life's too short. . . .


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